Homemade Mac and Cheese
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Recipe type: Side Dishes
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Serves: 8-10 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb macaroni or other shaped pasta
  • ¼ cup butter (1/2 stick), plus 1 tablespoon
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups fat free half and half, heated in the microwave for 1 minute
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 8 oz each shredded mozzarella, smoked gouda, and sharp cheddar cheese
  • Milk or half and half for thining
You can use whatever cheese you like. Use all cheddar or mix it up with Pepper Jack, Cheddar Jack and other cheeses. These are just the ones I love.
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and stir in 1 tablespoon of butter. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt ¼ cup butter on medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for one minute, until smooth.
  3. Stir in salt and pepper, garlic and onion powders.
  4. Whisk in warmed half and half. Cook until thick and bubbly about 2 minutes.
  5. Lower the heat to low and stir in cheeses. Cook until all cheese is melted.
  6. Stir in additional milk or half and half as needed to thin cheese sauce, as desired.
  7. Pour over pasta and combine.
  8. If desired, pour into a baking dish and sprinkle with additional cheese. Bake for 15 minutes until cheese is melted and pasta is bubbly.
Recipe by The Memorable Kitchen at http://thememorablekitchen.com/homemade-mac-and-cheese/